Château Pavie 2002 tasting in Bordeaux
A few months back we were in Bordeaux for Vinexpo 2013 and visited Château Pavie, a Premier Grand Cru Classé Chateau in St. Emilion. With the vineyards of Pavie dating back till 4th century A.D., it was only around the 19th century that wine making took serous shape. The Château just completed its entire renovation days before we visited.
Pavie found itself in a heated debate between two of the most influential wine critics, Robert Parker and Jancis Robinson had entirely different views about Pavie’s 2003 vintage. While Robinson wrote “Completely unappetising overripe aromas. Why? Porty sweet. Port is best from the Douro not St. Emilion. Ridiculous wine more reminiscent of a late-harvest Zinfandel than a red Bordeaux with its unappetising green notes’ and have the wine 12/20 points, Parker gave the wine 95-100 points out of 100.
Staying clear from all controversies, we tasted the 2002 vintage which got 94-96 points by Robert Parker this year. A blend of 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine had everything you can ask out of Bordeaux. Cocoa, red fruits, slight spice, pencil shavings and slight oak on the nose. Lots of fruit with underlying minerals made the palate powerful, concentrated and complex with plenty of tannins. The wine was not filtered, which just added to its character. Ready to drink now, the tannins will only get better with more ageing.